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Beauty Salons reopen in Ellon

By Rachael Glennie

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With the Scottish Government continuing to ease the current lockdown, part of phase 3 meant that Beauty Salons across the country could reopen as of July 22 with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing measures.

The National Hair and Beauty Federation have issued online guideline booklets for all staff to follow, following the reopening of their salon, these include staff to wear a visor at all times and customers must to continue wearing a mask indoors.

Castle Beauty in Ellon was one of the Salons who reopened on Wednesday, Jemma Cowan commented:

“I was both shocked and delighted to reopen again,

“It has been a long time coming and the government hasn’t given us much information.

“I received a message from a client informing me that she could now book in again,

I then turned on the news and within minutes I had received many more messages and calls from customers!”

“As a beauty therapist I am trained to be conscious about hygiene and how to prevent the spread of bacteria and infection and things like cross contamination.

“I have all the appropriate PPE in place including hand sanitizer as well as masks, gloves and visors.

“Clients are advised to re arrange an appointment if they are feeling unwell.

“I'm also reminding clients to turn up to appointments alone and not with their children or bring any family and friends along.

“As I work for myself it’s strictly one person in the salon at a time.

“I’m currently asking clients to arrive on time for their appointment and if they are early to please wait outside/in the car until I am ready.

“I am also making sure I space out my appointments so that proper cleaning can take place in between appointments.

“I have completed an online course for salon hygiene for COVID-19 prior to reopening and have purchased as much disposable equipment as I can including things like foot and nail files.

“I am accepting cash payment however card payments are preferred.

“Clients are also advised to avoid touching phone and keys etc while in the salon.

“I now no longer have to worry about when I canre open because my new problem is trying to organise my diary due to high demand!

“Clients have been understanding and I have done my best to fit everyone in without being irresponsible!

“I am looking forward to eventually training normally again and begin to put this pandemic behind us!”

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